Zalan edges out Al Hilal to clinch maiden S. Sudan Super Cup

Zalan edges out Al Hilal to clinch maiden S. Sudan Super Cup
Players from Rumbek’s Zalan FC pose for photos prior to their South Sudan Super Cup match at Buluk Playground. [Photo: SSFA]

Rumbek football giants, Zalan FC, stormed into the history books after being the first team to win the newly established South Sudan Super Cup for the 2022/2023 season. 

Zalan FC also referred to as the Kazuk boys, won 4-3 on penalties against Wau’s Al Hilal giants.

The Bahr el Ghazal heavyweights played for a barren draw in the normal 90 minutes, forcing the tie to be broken from the penalty spot.

Zalan goalkeeper Nicolas Madeng turned the moment heroic for his team after saving three penalties to assist the Rumbek outfit to clinch their first-ever South Sudan Super Cup.

Al Hilal’s captain made an excellent first impression by successfully scoring in the penalty shootout.

In the earlier stages, the Al Hilal goalkeeper gave his side a moment of hope after he parried Zalan’s first penalty; but it was never successful for the Wau Nara players.

The winner’s confidence was boosted by Madeng’s quick reaction in saving Al Hilal FC’s second penalty attempt.

The Al Hilal were ahead by 2-1 after another Kazuk player missed a penalty, pushing the score above par.

However, Madeng had to stop three of the final four attempts, so the Hilal boys were unable to hold onto their lead.

As a result, the thrilling penalty shootout ended with a victory for the Rumbek supporters and sorrow for the Wau Youngsters thanks to Madeng for his best performance.

The South Sudan Super Cup 2022/2023 is played between the South Sudan National Champions (Zalan) and the South Sudan Cup Champions Al Hilal, Wau.

“I am quite excited about the victory. Being the South Sudan Super Cup’s first champion is always fantastic. Writing a history of such a noteworthy accomplishment is always a major undertaking,” Abraham Malith Rial, the leader of the Zalan delegation expressed.

Rial, who is also the vice president of Rumbek Local Association, said beating the South Sudan Cup winner was what his team was waiting for.

“They defeated us in the South Sudan Cup finals the last time, therefore our victory today will please our supporters.”

He praised the group for their outstanding effort against Al Hilal and pledged to keep building up the teams so they can continue to write more chapters in history.